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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Florida

hotel roomDamages resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning can be extremely serious. If you or someone close to you was injured or even killed due to carbon monoxide poisoning, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Miami injury attorney who can explore the facts of your case. Carbon monoxide poisoning may be actionable if it was caused by negligence. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have years of experience handling virtually all types of personal injury claims and can put our knowledge to use in your case.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless poisonous gas, which is why it is often referred to as the “invisible killer.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die each year in the United States from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Furthermore, more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room, and over 4,000 are ultimately hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Under Florida law, every building for which a building permit is issued for new construction that has a fossil-fuel burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage is required to have an approved operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet of each room used for sleeping purposes.

Carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuits are rooted in the theory of negligence. As a result, they may be appropriate when your harm or a loved one’s death took place as a result of a landlord or property owner failing to take reasonable care with their property and causing exposure to tenants or guests. Reasonable care denotes the obligation to act as a prudent property owner would act under the same or similar circumstances. For example, a hotel may be liable for carbon monoxide poisoning if the incident was caused by a poorly maintained pool heater because a prudent hotel owner would understand the foreseeable carbon monoxide poisoning risks associated with not maintaining the pool heater properly.

In some cases, you may be able to hold a negligent maintenance company or even a product manufacturer (i.e., if a carbon monoxide detector was faulty) liable for carbon monoxide poisoning. These cases can be quite complex, but you can trust that we will work diligently to identify any and all parties that may be liable for your injuries.

Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to recover the following damages for carbon monoxide poisoning:  medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to carbon monoxide poisoning, you may be able to recover wrongful death damages, such as medical bills, funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and more.

If you have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can help you determine the recourse you may have and what the appropriate next steps in your case should be. Our Miami premises liability attorneys strongly believe in holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause. We proudly take clients from across South Florida, so do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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